By Pranav Shahaney

15th Oct, 2021 | 7:10pm

Rafa Benitez commits future to Everton amid Newcastle links

Rafa Benitez states that he has spoken to the Everton board and they have nothing to worry about the links to Newcastle.

The Spaniard’s former club recently were taken over by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), making them the richest owners in the Premier League, by a long way.

Unpopular manager Steve Bruce has been tipped to get sacked and Benitez was the new owners’ favourite to replace him. [The Telegraph]

However, in his press conference ahead of the West Ham game on Sunday, Benitez allayed any doubts of him leaving Everton.

Via the Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride, he said, “I have a lot of friends and they were asking me the same question. From day one, I was talking to the board here and they have nothing to worry about.”

Great news

We were never in doubt of the Spaniard leaving as he’s not particularly in the habit of breaking contracts.

Also, Farhad Moshiri hired him despite the backlash among the Goodison Park faithful, which highlights the faith he had in the manager.

To abandon that after seven league games is not something that someone like Benitez would even consider, but it’s nice to have him come out and quash those reports.

It’s fair to assume that Benitez has already won over a large proportion of the Everton fanbase who would not have even considered having at the helm at Goodison Park.

His style of football has also been fun to watch and he’s managed to make do with such a tight transfer budget.

Hopefully, he’s backed to a larger extent in January as we think he knows what he’s doing and can help build a competitive squad for the future.

In other Everton news, the club want to sign an Italy-born ‘Phenomenal’ attacker in January

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